We curate a digest of the latest news in our field for advocates, policymakers, community coalitions and all who work toward shaping policies and practices to effectively prevent substance use and treat addiction.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week that he is "for an open debate" on the question of whether marijuana should be legalized, taxed and regulated in order to generate revenue for the state.
William Corr, formerly the head of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), has been confirmed as the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate.
The first budget plan submitted to Congress by President Barack Obama includes an overall increase in funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) but calls for elimination of the Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFS) state grants program as part of $17 billion in cuts to programs deemed wasteful or ineffective.
The U.S. Justice Department's Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP) will award $2 million for a program to provide training and technical assistance to state and local Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) programs.
Nonprofits and federally recognized Indian tribes may apply for grants to
provide mentoring services under the Second Chance Act, which provides addiction treatment, employment counseling and other services to individuals leaving prison or jail.
The Obama administration's rules on lobbyists holding government jobs would prevent a former tobacco-prevention advocate from working on tobacco issues as the second-highest official in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).